AC Milan have secured the services of defender Leonardo Bonucci on a five-year contract.
The £37.45m deal was finalised as early as last week, but the transfer was being held up due to the player’s medical tests. Bonucci spent seven seasons at Juventus where he earned the reputation of being one of the best defenders in the world.
At 30 years of age, the centre-back was expected to remain pivotal to the Bianconeri’s future success, but he made a surprise decision to join the Milan giants following Juventus’ decision to offload him. Bonucci had a bust up with manager Max Allegri during the backend of the previous campaign, and this appears as one of the key reasons why the club decided to part ways with his services.
On his arrival to Milan, manager Vincenzo Montella was full of praise for the central defender and he is looking forward to working with him during the upcoming campaign, he said: “He is a player with international experience. Technically, I think that he and Sergio Ramos are the strongest central defenders in the world. Coaching him is a dream come true.”
Bonucci becomes the Rossoneri’s fourth defensive signing of the summer transfer window following the signing of Mateo Musacchio, Andrea Conti and Ricardo Rodriguez. Looking into the overall numbers, the San Siro outfit have signed 10 players for a combined fee in excess of £160m, but their spending does not appear to cease with a striker signing still a priority.
Alvaro Morata was initially their top target to add to their squad, but his move to Chelsea has switched their attention towards Torino’s Andrea Belotti, who could be available at his minimum release clause of £88m. Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-EmerickAubameyang was the other on their radar, but the Bundesliga club have ruled out his sale for the summer.